Mark Jenkins, a critically acclaimed author and National Geographic field staff writer, returns to Powell Thursday, March 15, to present “Camels, Climbing and St. Catherine: An Expedition to Egypt.” His presentation begins at 6:30 p.m. in the Yellowstone Building Conference Center at Northwest College.
In addition, two University of Wyoming students will present their international fieldwork projects Wednesday, March 14, from 3-4:15 p.m. in the Fagerberg Building, Room 70. These presentations include Marco Polo’s “Royal Dutch Shell and the Energy-Climate Challenge” and Misty Springer’s “Sex Trafficking at a Crossroads in the Republic of Georgia.”
NWC’s Office of Intercultural Programs is sponsoring a reception for Jenkins and the University of Wyoming students Thursday, March 15, at 4 p.m. in the Intercultural House, located at 565 College Drive. This event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.
“Camels, Climbing and St. Catherine: An Expedition to Egypt” is described as “a presentation about an epic expedition to climb big walls in a remote land, about Christian monks and Bedouin nomads and about a place where tolerance is more powerful than terrorism.”
In November, Jenkins led a four-man team of Wyoming climbers to South Sinai in search of unclimbed rock. The team lived with the Bedouins, traveled by camel caravan and put up new routes on 1000-foot walls of granite. Jenkins is a senior fellow with the Center for Global Studies and a correspondent with National Geographic.
As an internationally recognized journalist, Jenkins covers geopolitics and adventure for National Geographic. Among hundreds of stories, he has written about landmines in Cambodia, the war in Eastern Congo, the loss of Koalas in Australia, global warming in Greenland, ethnic cleansing in Burma and climbing Mount Everest in Nepal.
Jenkins’ writing has won many awards, including the Overseas Press Club Ross Award for “The Healing Fields” in 2013 and a National Magazine Award with colleague Brint Stirton for “Who Murdered the Mountain Gorillas” in 2009.
These special programs are sponsored by the University of Wyoming Center for Global Studies, the UW Office of Academic Affairs, Think WY, The Rocky Mountain Power Foundation and NWC Intercultural Programs.